A series that had promised much for Zimbabwe ended with a dispiriting, one-sided defeat, as Pakistan came from a game down to win the three-match series, 2-1.
The hosts won the toss and opted to field first, restricting Pakistan well, with only half-centuries from Ahmed Shehzad and Misbah-ul-Haq propping the score up to 260-6.
Even in defeat, Zimbabwe have put up good scores in this series, but by the time they were 87-6, the match was long gone.
They eventually fell for 152, a full 108 runs short.
Here's the story of how the game unfolded and the match scorecard:
Pakistan compiled an innings bereft of any great excitement or fireworks, but their eventual total of 260-6 gave them a strong foundation with which to work.
It was a tone set by the openers, Shehzad (54 from 85) and Nasir Jamshed (38 from 51), and continued by the middle order, where Misbah (67 from 85) was the standout player.
AB de Villiers (64.70), MS Dhoni (56.10) and Misbah-ul-Haq (50.08) are the only captain in ODI history with 1000-plus runs at ave over 50.— Cricket Record (@cricinfo_record) August 31, 2013
There was no great acceleration towards the end, although the team will have been heartened by the return of Mohammad Hafeez—having retired hurt early in the innings, he returned at the death and was unbeaten on 26 by the end of the innings.
Mohammad Hafeez seems to be struggling with an injury and has decided to go off retired hurt. Misbah-Ul-Haq is the new batsman #zimvpak— PakPassion.net (@PakPassion) August 31, 2013
Zimbabwe subsided in their chase of a series victory, losing wickets early and never recovering.
Hafeez opened the bowling with off-spin and removed Vusi Sibanda (two), and although Hamilton Masakadza (25) and Brendan Taylor (26) looked to rebuild, the middle order offered precious little.
Three run-outs spoke to the confusion in the hosts' batting, while the introduction of more spinners caused more chaos, with Abdur Rehman (two), Shahid Afridi (one) and Saeed Ajmal (two) also striking.
Malcolm Waller (48) salvaged some respectability, but the series had long since ebbed away by the time the 10th wicket fell on 152.
The sides next meet in the first of two Tests, beginning on September 3.
Here is the scorecard, as given by the BBC:
Pakistan Innings 260 for 6 (50.0 overs)
|Jamshed||c Taylor||b Chatara||38||65||51||3||1|
|Shehzad||c Raza||b H Masakadza||54||134||85||3||0|
|Misbah-ul-Haq||c Raza||b S Masakadza||67||110||85||6||0|
|Amin||c and b Utseya||33||31||25||4||0|
|Shahid Afridi||c Taylor||b Chatara||7||16||7||0||0|
|Sarfraz Ahmed||c Taylor||b Chatara||22||20||13||2||0|
|Extras||0nb 11w 0b 2lb||13|
|Total||for 6||260||(50.0 ovs)|
|Fall of Wicket|
Zimbabwe Innings 151 all out (40.0 overs)
|H Masakadza||st Sarfraz Ahmed||b Rehman||25||47||42||3||1|
|Sibanda||c Amin||b Hafeez||2||15||8||0||0|
|Taylor||run out (Misbah-ul-Haq)||26||50||29||5||0|
|Williams||run out (Misbah-ul-Haq)||2||12||3||0||0|
|Waller||c Rehman||b Ajmal||48||85||71||4||0|
|Chigumbura||lbw||b Shahid Afridi||2||14||13||0||0|
|Utseya||run out (Amin)||23||51||50||1||0|
|S Masakadza||b Ajmal||0||1||0||0|
|Panyangara||c and b Rehman||1||3||4||0||0|
|Extras||0nb 13w 0b 2lb||15|
|Total||all out||151||(40.0 ovs)|
|Fall of Wicket|
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